Hi, I’m Rachael!
I’m a young programmer who loves making things. At 24 I’ve been coding for the last 10 years of my life, and hope to be coding for as long as I live, whether that is as a hobby or as a career. I just can’t get enough of programming, and I don’t ever want to stop. I’ve taught myself everything I know, and will continue to learn as I progress through my career.
How’d I get started?
As a kid, I really wanted to develop video games, and you couldn’t shut me up about them (particularly Halo). Getting more into Shooters as I was growing up, and being totally in love with them back in Grade 6, I had to know more about them. Starting with the Yo Yo Games GameMaker, I made very simple drag and drop games. I learned to mod Halo on the PC, hack (singleplayer) games using CheatEngine, build computers, you name it. I was insatiable, and I wanted more.
Eventually I got into a game called Combat Arms, which was absolutely rampant with hackers. I wanted to know how to do that too, and so started my adventure into learning the absolute basics of C++. C++ was rather difficult to get anything “usable” in a short amount of time, and I eventually found out about C#. This was around the time I was playing a game called Garry’s Mod. I played this game in high school for pretty well all of my free time. Once I made my first tool for a community there, using C# and Windows Forms, I was absolutely hooked the moment someone gave me a feature suggestion. It mean’t someone was using my program!
In the last 5 years, I decided to double down and study Full Stack Development. First with React, ASP.Net, then with NodeJS and Angular. I specialized very heavily on full-stack web development, knowing that the Web touches almost every single industry in the world. Being a Web Developer, you get to see any industry in the world through the lens of a programmer solving a problem.
What do I want to learn next?
Honestly, I am growing increasingly interested in picking up GoLang. I’m not entirely certain what I want to do with the language, but I know that I want to use it. Perhaps I’ll actually work on those games that I have been mulling around in the back of my head for years?
Besides GoLang, I want to learn more about hardware. I’d ideally like to be able to make my own little arduino projects, and convert my home into a smart home with 100% my code / hardware designs.